Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary holds monthly meeting

The Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary met recently with President Gayle Cieplinski presiding. Chaplain Paula Pattison opened the meeting with a prayer. The members present recited the Pledge of Allegiance, the Auxiliary Preamble and had a moment of silence for fallen soldiers. Correspondence was read by the secretary, Carol Baker.

Guests attended the meeting. Bob Barrett, Post 1280 Legionnaire and incoming 8th District Commander for 2014-2015, spoke about upcoming events at the Post concerning the 8th District. An organizational meeting will be held in July, with the unit providing snacks, and coffee; and the National American Legion Commander will be visiting in October. Post members will be working together to make this event successful.

Squadron 1280 members Diman Smith and Bob Cole spoke about a project that includes the Legion, Auxiliary, and Sons’ Charters, and would be put together in a frame to be displayed at the Valley Historical Museum in Sinclairville. The Unit supports the project.

Committee reports were given by chairpersons present:

For poppies, Carol Baker reported that the Cassadaga and Sinclairville “Poppy Days: were set for Memorial weekend, as well as during the Gerry, Sinclairville, and Cassadaga parades. She also set up a poppy display in the Community Bank, with the Jr. and Sr. Auxiliary ‘poppy projects’, an explanation of the history of poppies and information that the poppies are handmade by disabled Veterans, and all of the proceeds go directly to veterans and their projects.

For Empire Girls State, Maureen Mikula reported about Girls State orientation. Unit 1280’s Girl Stater is Sara Ozga.

Junior Auxiliary chairperson Pat Hayward reported that the Junior Unit has been very busy. They have completed their float for the Cassadaga parade depicting “Flanders Fields.” They have a can/bottle collection set for June 14 through July 12. All monies collected will go to the “Warriors Family Assistance Program.” The drop-off day will be July 12 at the Post from noon to 4 p.m. The Junior Auxiliary installation of 2014-2015 officers is set for Sunday June 8 at 2 p.m.at the Post.

President Gayle reminded everyone about the Post’s Memorial Day activities, which includes marching in parades, and the setup and food preparations for the after the parade refreshments.

A committee was set up to deal with these activities. Also discussed was the Son’s cruise nights held on the third Wednesday of each month through the summer. The Unit will sell baked goods again this year, with all proceeds going to benefit the Warriors Family Assistance Program. The group will also raffle a $50 gift card for gas. Committees were set for baked good sellers and the gas card ticket sellers.

New business discussions included a county meeting in Brocton on June 12. The group will marchin the Mayville parade on July 4; and the 8th district Junior Girl’s Camp is once again being held at Camp Gross July 25 to 27. The theme this year is Hula.

President Gayle presented Unit 1280’s 2014-2015 slate of Officers: President, Maureen Mikula; 1st Vice, Sally Lawson; 2nd Vice, Dianne Minekime; Secretary, Carol Baker; Treasurer, Sue DeGolier; Chaplain, Paula Pattison; Sgt.-at-Arms, Peggy Guichard; and Historian, Ranee Kaus. Secretary Carol passed one ballot for this slate of officers. These officers will be installed on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Post, with a dinner of pizza and desserts.

Members present voted to donate money to the Cassadaga Library walk and Relay for Life.

With no further business at hand, Chaplain Paula gave a prayer, and President Gayle adjourned the meeting at 8:15 p.m.

Unit 1280 continues to collect coupons for overseas families; “Labels for Education”; “Pennies for Hospice”; can tabs and canceled postage stamps. Unit 1280 also sells corn brooms for $8; anyone interested may call the Post at 595-3145.